U.S. agency discloses delay in Trump high court nominee's records

From left Brett Kavanaugh Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett

From left Brett Kavanaugh Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett

Grassley's committee communications director Taylor Foy told TPM in an email, asked about NARA's letter, "Because the George W. Bush Presidential Library has agreed to facilitate an open and transparent process, following the Archives' established nonpartisan document review guidelines, the committee will receive documents in an even more rapid fashion from the Bush Library as the Archives continues its statutory document review".

"I think it's more than enough for the Democrats to make a rational decision about supporting Judge Kavanaugh", Sen.

Grassley said he would prefer a Kavanaugh confirmation hearing in early September, since it could take the committee two weeks to vote on the nomination because of committee rules.

"Today, the National Archives confirmed our worst fear - that the vast majority of even the small portion of records the American public will see from Brett Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House will be prescreened by a political operative and attorney for George W. Bush, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, and Donald McGahn", Schumer said in a statement Thursday. It cited the sheer number of documents and emails relating to the D.C. Circuit Court judge's work in the Counsel's Office, which "could be more than 900,000 pages".

The agency, which is tasked with preserving and documenting government records, said Thursday in a letter that it would not be able to comply fully with the request from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) until the "end of October".

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"As I've continued to say, one of the most important jobs of any USA senator is to fully vet any nominee to serve on the Supreme Court, the highest court in our land", Heitkamp said in a statement. "We don't know what they've held back, or why". He said he could not reach an agreement with Feinstein over the scope of the documents request.

More than 50 lawyers from three law firms are on the Burck-led team, according to an official familiar with the process.

"I want to really complement the Democrats who have stood up and are willing to stand up for Judge Kavanaugh because they realize we can't keep going down this partisan, picky, stupid, dumbass road that has happened around here for so long", he said. The Bush records review team has already reviewed 125,000 pages and handed them over to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"If you were to stack up all these pages, it'd be taller than Big Ben, taller than the Statue of Liberty, taller than the US Capitol", Tillis pointed out. "I'm exhausted of the partisanship and frankly we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours".

Amid a tight re-election fight, Heitkamp has faced pressure from conservatives to support Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation just as she did for Trump's first pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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